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3 Warning signs your child is stressed

Households globally are trying to adjust to a post-COVID-19 world. Big change brings big challenges and while you might be aware of your own stress and problems you might be overlooking your child's.

We assume children don't worry as much as adults do. But we forget that childhood can be stressful and can negatively impact your child's health. Below are some of the most common signs that your child is stressed.

Regular outbursts or shutting down

Younger children tend to go the tantrum route when expressing their discomfort. This is because they are not yet able to tell you that they are stressed and will instead express it physically. On the opposite side, we have withdrawal; when the child shuts down emotionally. He/she doesn't respond to emotional cues and doesn't express emotion at all.

Stress and anxiety can cause a change in hormones in the body that can either rouse the body for action or shut it down for rest. It's commonly referred to as the fight-flight-freeze response. A child constantly in either one of these responses is in distress.

Learn more about the fight-flight-freeze response:

Source: Braive

It's important to find what is triggering your child's meltdown or shutdown and make changes. It can be adjusting your child's daily routine, cutting back on sugar and unhealthy foods, or physical exercise.

Our number one recommended product for children during challenging times is Melotone Syrup. It is a liquid nutritional supplement specifically designed for children who require essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are nutrients that are important for concentration and maintaining normal activity levels. Melotone Syrup provides essential nutrients and minerals such as:

· Evening Primrose Oil

· Salmon Oil

· Calcium

· Magnesium

· Chromium

· B vitamins

Persistent tummy aches

The gut serves more than just a digestive function. Stomach pain is the most common and often the first signal of a child in distress. This is because the gut has a system of nerves that sends warning signals to the body's nervous system.

Add more natural fibres and a probiotic to your child's diet.

Fibre rich foods include:

· Wholegrain breakfast cereals, oats, and wholewheat pasta

· Berries, oranges, pears, and melons

· Broccoli, carrots, and sweetcorn

Yogurt and fermented foods contain probiotics; natural and friendly bacteria that will help keep your child's gut microflora balanced. We love and recommend Sportron Floraplex® daily spray or Floraplex Tablets. It can be taken by children from one year of age. Floraplex promotes and maintains a healthy network of gut bacteria.

*Seek medical help if the stomach aches are severe and accompanied by fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and weight loss.

Trouble concentrating

Lack of concentration can be a signal of fatigue caused by stress. Difficulty falling asleep or waking up at odd hours of the night can signal stress. Naturally, if you are feeling tired, the last thing you can do is concentrate. Avoid junk food, processed foods, and sugar completely.

We also love Sportron's omega-3 supplement called Omegatone. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that help build and support neurotransmitters. Salmon, pecan nuts, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil all contain brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

Sportron's Neurotron with its combination of B-complex vitamins can also help your child during stressful times. Neurotron has been developed as a dietary supplement to assist the entire nervous system.

We can't always avoid mental and physical fatigue but we can teach our children to better handle tough times, and equip them with healthy life tools to help manage even the smallest stressors.

Drop us a message via our contact us form should you be interested or have questions about any of the products mentioned above.

Please note that the foods and supplements listed above may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.


Disclaimer: The information contained in this communication is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult a professional on any medical or psychological concerns. The articles and blogs are posted only as opinion or ideas, and are general in nature. The administrator takes no responsibility for any action or outcome a reader may make as a result of reading a post.

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